UPDATE: Governor Perdue Kicks Off "Jobs Tour"

Monday afternoon Governor Perdue toured West Pharmaceutical in Kinston and met with employees.

The company recently announced a $29-million investment in the Kinston plant with about $3.5 million in incentives and credits from the state. Perdue says she'll be touting this kind of success as the state faces a 9.7% unemployment rate.

" We continue to see it go down, but it's going down at a snail's pace, and there are so many people unemployed or underemployed. It's really important, not just for me, but the general assembly to focus on what's important to families and people in North Carolina, and that's jobs," said Gov. Bev Perdue, (D) North Carolina.

Governor Perdue also held a town hall meeting in Kinston Monday afternoon.
Governor Bev Perdue will spend Monday in Eastern North Carolina touring a pharmaceutical plant and holding a town hall meeting.

The Governor will tour the West Pharmaceutical Plant in Kinston Monday. The company recently announced a $29 million expansion to the facility.

At her next stop, Perdue invites people to join her at the Kinston-Lenoir county visitor center from 4-5 p.m. for a town hall discussion about creating jobs and strengthening education.

The Chair of the State Board of Education, Dr. Bill Harrison, will also be part of the town hall.

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